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Remembering Marion Barry

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Remembering Marion Barry

On Thursday, at 2:30pm, while Mr. Barry’s body lay in repose at the Wilson Building, DCPS schools in Ward 8 released balloons in his honor at the same time (many schools released 78 balloons to reflect Mr. Barry’s age when he passed away). As the balloons filled the sky, our school communities paused to remember Mr. Barry and his unyielding commitment and belief in the students, families, teachers, principals and school staff in Ward 8 and the District of Columbia.

Anacostia High School

Woman holds a sign that reads We "Heart" U Marion Barry

Every student at Anacostia High School filled their stadium to celebrate Barry's life. Students made signs and cheered as they heard speeches from Mr. Anthony Motley, friend of Mr. Barry, and Assistant Principal Rhonda Humphries.

Ballou High School and Ballou STAY

Tyandra Ames, a Ballou High School junior, shares an essay she had written about Mr. Barry.

Tyandra Ames, a Ballou High School junior, shares an essay she had written about Mr. Barry. “Because of his efforts [as Ward 8 Councilmember], we have a new building in the making, and we are proud to say thank you.” Ballou will move into its new building in the beginning of 2015.

Garfield Elementary School

Students from the Garfield safety patrol stand outside.

Representatives from every Garfield classroom gave tribute to Mr. Barry. The Garfield safety patrol came forward with flags.

Ketcham Elementary Schooll

Students hold colorful signs.

Students at Ketcham created beautiful, creative, and colorful signs to celebrate Mr. Barry.

Kramer Middle School

Students hold blue and gold balloons outside of their school.

Twenty students from each grade came together at 2:30pm to release 52 balloons for the 52 years of Mr. Barry’s public service. .

Patterson Elementary School

Students wear red and white balloon hats.

Two students from each grade level heard speakers from the school share their memories of Mr. Barry, then released balloons.

Savoy Elementary School

Savoy students released star-shaped balloons into the sky to join the heavens.

Savoy students paused to remember Mr. Barry and released star-shaped balloons into the sky to join the heavens.

Stanton Elementary School

Students at Stanton stand outside their building and blew bubbles to honor Mr. Barry.

78 Students at Stanton stood outside their building and blew bubbles to honor Mr. Barry and held a moment of silence to remember his work and dedication to the city and schools.

Turner Elementary School

Eric Bethel, principal of Turner, joins Cora Barry, Mr. Barry’s widow, at the school tribute.

Eric Bethel, principal of Turner, joins Cora Barry, Mr. Barry’s widow, at the school tribute. Students spoke and sang a song that conjured the core of Mr. Barry: “Think of your fellow man, lend a helping hand”.

Johnson Middle School 

Students release balloons colored gold and black, their school colors.

Students filled the gymnasium to hear about Mr. Barry, then released balloons colored gold and black, their school colors.

Malcolm X Elementary School

Students hold multi-colored balloons in the hallway. at their school.

Malcolm X Elementary created a video for Marion Barry: “He was a great man. He was a man of perseverance. He was not afraid to let others know that he knew D.C. better than anyone.”